Six Quirky Locations to Take a Date in Houston
This well known piece of art was started by eccentric visionary John Milkovisch in 1968, and is a famous local piece of home-sized folk art. He began decorating his home with marbles and stones set into concrete, and then branched out by covering much of his house in beer cans and curtains of pull tabs. The overall effect is striking, and a testament to the spirit of individuality and weirdness that runs deeply through Houston, sure to give anyone with access to aluminum cans ideas that might frighten their Homeowners Association. The Beer Can House would make for an interesting daytime date for people who appreciate strange art. Or beer. Or both. Whatever.
Created as a tribute to his favorite fruit, a postman named Jim McKissack began building the Orange Show in 1956. He continued transforming the lot in Houston's East End into a tribute to both the humble orange and to human creativity, until his death in 1980. Using found objects and common building materials, McKissack created a twisting complex of architectural features covered in mosaics that is a feast for the eyes. The Orange Show Monument always struck me as having a cheerful circus sort of vibe. It's definitely a great place to stroll around and be struck by the creativity of one person's unique artistic vision.
If you read Anne Rice novels or hang out at gothic events then you probably know about this unique museum in North Houston. But for some reason a lot of people don't know about this morbid museum in town. It's a pretty impressive one too, large and full of interesting exhibits and artifacts from the death care industry. See the casket ordered for an entire family to lay in state together! See lots of cool old hearses! It has a pretty fun gift shop too.
If you're courting a member of the Addams Family, it's a great place to wander around together. Currently there is a special exhibit featuring the history of turn of the century rural funeral homes. Turn that frown upside down!
Austin may be the Texas city that is most often associated with being "weird," but Houston has more than its share of genuinely fun and strange places to visit, and they are just the types of places to take a date to show them how truly weird you are... a celebratory warning to them, perhaps.
Memorial Drive and Sabine, Houston, TX